'Uphill battle'

'Uphill battle'

UNFPA official says gender-based violence on the rise in Jamaica

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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NAIROBI, Kenya (CMC) — A senior United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) official yesterday said that there's a growing problem of gender-based violence in Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

UNFPA Caribbean Director Alison Drayton, who is attending the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), said that there's need for different strategies to counter this practice in the Caribbean region.

Drayton said gender-based violence has harmful and lasting consequences for victims, families, communities, and nations, adding, “the realisation of this increase is starting to change perceptions of the need to look at the region in a different way”.

The UNFPA Caribbean director, who was speaking on the sidelines of the summit, said “it's an uphill battle.

“In many donor cooperation organisations, the Caribbean sits as a subregion of Latin America. In the UNFPA, the Caribbean is larger numerically than Latin America, making up 22 of the 40 countries in the grouping.”

Gender-based violence is one of five themes of the Nairobi Summit, which has been convened to mobilise the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to finally and fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

These commitments centre on achieving zero unmet needs for family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.

Research findings released at the conference on Tuesday revealed that ending gender-based violence in 132 priority countries will require an investment of US$42 billion over the next 10 years.

The organisers said that the funding would go towards programmes that provide psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors. It would also fund the promotion of the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.

The study was conducted by the UNFPA and the Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Victoria, the University of Washington and Avenir.

Gender-based violence includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse, threats, coercion, and economic or educational deprivation. It is an issue faced by people all over the world, but women and girls are disproportionately harmed by this practice.

Kenya and Denmark as well as UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, have organised the high-level political summit that is being attended by a record 11,500 participants from over 150 countries.

They include representatives from member states, local governments, youth networks, civil society organisations, private sector partners, and academics.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking International Conference on Population and Development, which took place in Cairo in 1994. At that conference, 179 governments adopted a Programme of Action, recognising that reproductive health, women's empowerment and gender equality are the pathway to sustainable development.

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